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New Duh Study: Potato Chips Rank The Worst For Your Health

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Attention non kale-eating Angelenos! New research from the New England Journal of Medicine revealed the not so shocking news that potato chips rank as the worst snack food for your health ahead of candy, soda and ice cream. Researchers and doctors studying diet and lifestyle habits of 120,877 people found that eating potato chips led to a nearly 2-pound weight gain over four years (soda added one pound over four years, and sweets contributed less than half a pound), according to the Associated Press.Over a four-year period, these factors had these effects on weight:

• An alcoholic drink a day, 0.41-pound increase.
• Watching an hour of TV a day, 0.31-pound increase.
• Recently quitting smoking, 5-pound increase.
• People who slept more or less than six to eight hours a night gained more weight.

None of the study participants were obese at the start, and their weight was measured every four years. On average, participants gained "nearly 17 pounds over the 20-year period."